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7.30pm, Monday 21 February / Harry and Rose by Francis Beckett / Upstairs@North London Tavern

This is the true story of Harry Pollitt, leader of Britain’s communists from the 1920s to the 1950s, and Rose Cohen, a courier for the Communist International in the 1920s.

Harry loved Rose, but she married Soviet agent Max Petrovsky and went to Moscow just in time to come under suspicion in the paranoid atmosphere of Stalin’s purges. What happened next strained Harry’s loyalty to communism.

Francis Beckett is a journalist who wants to be a playwright when he grows up. His first play was broadcast on LBC and won the Independent Radio Drama Productions award that year.


Other plays have had successful fringe runs and are published, either by Samuel French or TSL Books. The most recent is A Modest Little Man, about Clem Attlee and the welfare state.

During lockdown Player Playwright went online. The online events proved a success and so for this coming season we plan to alternate between live events at our traditional home, Upstairs at the North London Tavern, and online via Zoom.

This event will be Upstairs@North London Tavern

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